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Promoting fire prevention in Copiague

Promoting Fire Prevention in Copiague


Members of the Copiague Fire Department visited the Susan E. Wiley Elementary School to speak on the importance of fire safety and prevention. Pictured with the Fire Department volunteers are students in Mary Alice Dunn’s third-grade class.

Copiague’s elementary school students received lessons in fire safety when the Copiague Fire Department visited the district’s four elementary schools.

Throughout the month of October, the volunteer members of the fire department teach the students about the importance of fire safety and prevention. During the interactive assembly program, students had the opportunity to ask the firefighters questions about safety and about the gear they wear during a fire. The visits were in recognition of October as National Fire Prevention Month.

In addition, students throughout the district created posters in their art classesfor the Copiague Fire Department’s annual fire safety poster contest. This year’s theme is “Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives.”

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Photo caption: Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School AASO welcomed Kimberly Jean-Pierre and Jason Richberg to kickoff the SOUL Lecture Series.

Members of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School African American Student Organization (AASO) joined together with students in Jamie Suarez’s leaders class to kickoff the new Students of Unified Leaders lecture series.

The new lecture series aims to bring community leaders into the school to speak with the various sections of SOUL, including the AASO.

On Oct. 8, the school welcomed Kimberly Jean-Pierre, the director of the Town of Babylon Wyandanch Community Resource Center and current candidate for the New York State Assembly District 11, and Jason Richberg, the chief deputy clerk for the Suffolk County 15th Legislative District.

During the 45-minute event, Jean Pierre and Richbergspoke with the students about participation in government, leadership and the importance of education. Both speakers encouraged the students to challenge themselves and become involved in their community in order to be successful in life.

“It’s important for our students to make positive connections and to be involved,” said Assistant Principal and Co-Adviser of the AASO Jeffery Myers.


Copiague student chosen as All-National Musician

Pictured with David are choral director Gina Occhiogrosso and Coordinator of Fine Arts Jennifer Pierre-Louis.

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School senior David Szabo has been selected as a member of the National Association for Music Education All-National Mixed Chorus.

The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. In October of 2014, the ensemblewill perform in Nashville, Tennessee under the baton of leaders in the field of music education. The district extends its congratulations to David!


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Getting Happy with Geometry at SEW

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their creative thinking caps on, third-graders in Nicole Giannini’s class at
Copiague’s Susan E. Wiley Elementary School wrote a song about geometry. Set to
the tune of Pharrell’s hit song “Happy,” the students sang their tune for parents
and guests on June 6. “The song was a fun way for the students to learn about
geometry and a good use of their spelling words,” said Ms. Giannini.

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Top Senior Athletes


On Sunday, June 8, the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk and the Butch Dellecave Foundation recognized the top senior male and female athletes from each school. This year, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School nominated seniors Michael Illicete and Zyare Brown for the award named in the honor of one of the founding fathers of the Suffolk Hall of Fame.



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Middle school eighth-graders marked a milestone in their educational careers, as they transitioned to the high school during the annual moving up ceremony on June 25. Held inside the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School gymnasium, the students marched in wearing their blue gowns as proud parents, families and friends documented the occasion.

“All of you will leave behind a positive legacy on our middle school, and I have the highest expectations as you are welcomed into the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School,” said Principal Andrew Lagnado. “You are prepared, and you are ready for the academic rigor of the high school.”

Superintendent of Schools Charles A. Leunig added, “Become active citizens and participate in your high school community. I urge you to try new things, and break out of your comfort zone – challenge yourself!”

Valedictorian Andrea Campos and salutatorian Alexandra Saczawa spoke about their years at the middle school, their future at the high school and beyond. Following the presentation of diplomas, the class came together one final time as they marched out of the high school gymnasium, preparing to return in August for freshman orientation and begin their next educational milestone.

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National Winner
NationalWinnerWalter G. O’Connell Copiague High School senior Lindsay Griffiths has been named a winnerin the 2014 National Achievement Program. The National Achievement Scholarship Program exists specifically to honor academically talented Black Americans and is conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Her award is being underwritten by NMSC and provides a single payment of $2,500.Sign in or Register for Full Website Access

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Sportsmanship Honored

SoftballSportsmanshipPictured from left: Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High
School junior and softball co-captain Miranda Zanatta, coach Jean Ann Kohn and
junior and softball co-captain Priscilla Nuñez.

For the second consecutive year, the varsity softball team at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School received the
Sportsmanship Team of the Year Award from the Suffolk County Softball UmpiresAssociation. Only one varsity team within the county is given the award eachyear. “One of the foundations of Copiague softball is sportsmanship,” saidcoach Jean Ann Kohn. “To be honored two years in a row makes me extremely proud of my team.”

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